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Travel Treachery Hits High Country

The blast of cold air and snow turned much of the High Country into an ice rink as temperatures dropped and snow fell.  Tynecastle Highway near Food Lion down into Banner Elk was turned into a parking lot with skidding, slipping vehicles, and at one point, a tractor trailer jack-knifed across the road. Full Story

Escapee Caught By NC Corrections

The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement found an escaped inmate from the Buncombe Correctional Center in his home county. Correctional staff discovered Anthony Riddle missing at about  9:00 last night. Riddle, 27, from McDowell County, serving two to four years for larceny and possession of a firearm Full Story

Man Injured, Airlifted In Overnight House Fire

The man burned and airlifted after a fire at a Newland home late Monday night is hospitalized today with third degree burns to his head and arms.  Other members of his family escaped the fire that destroyed their home as fire personnel from Newland, Linville, Crossnore, Elk Park and Frank fire departments Full Story

State Issues Weather Warnings, Advice

With cold temperatures and winter precipitation headed to much of the state, North Carolina Emergency Management and State Highway Patrol officials are urging residents and visitors to monitor local weather conditions and use caution when driving this evening and tomorrow morning. Full Story

Four Charged After Robbery and Assault

Boone Police responded to a report of threats at 683 Howard Street last week, the January 15th incident leading to assault and robbery counts .  The police investigation found that a drug-related robbery had occurred, leading, that evening, to Justin Kevin Anderson, age 24, and Jason Conley Anderson, Full Story

Soledad O’Brien Talk Postponed

Tuesday's Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration lecture at Appalachian State University with Soledad O’Brien is being postponed until later this semester because of weather-related safety concerns for travel Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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Bracing for Blast of Winter Weather

We’re on the cusp of another round of winter weather, with a blast of cold air crossing the state west to east, and bringing us at least a day—maybe two—of snow. The arctic air will push us back into the single digit range for lows as the week goes along, with wind chills again in the dangerous range. Full Story

Teens Charged in Break-in Attempt, Damage

On the evening of January 15th at approximately 9:00 P.M. Officers of the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a gas station on North U.S. 19 E Highway near Elk Park about a possible breaking and entering in progress.  Responding Officers found a side window that been forced open. Full Story

Teen Kidnapped, Assaulted; Three Charged

At just after dusk last Wednesday, the Avery Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman reporting a bloodied male, barefoot, in her drive, asking her to call 911.  She kept the male away from her home while calling the Sheriff’s Department, the call received there at about 6:00 P.M. Officers responded to Full Story

Counterfeit Cash Turning Up in Wilkes

Another round of counterfeit currency is spreading bogus bills around Wilkes County, according to Wilkesboro Police.  The latest discoveries were reported to police last Tuesday, as BB&T Bank reported eight bill found in deposits from Security Financial Services, cash taken as a payment the previous Friday. Full Story

Washington Competes At NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Former Appalachian State University football player Tony Washington competed in the third annual 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Ca.

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Four Apps Named Freshman All-America by CSJ

Appalachian State University football led all programs with four representatives on College Sports Journal’s 2013 NCAA Division I FCS freshman all-American teams, which were announced on Friday.

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Federal Fugitive Arrested in Boone

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the U.S. Marshals Service – Western District of North Carolina’s Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), along with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Frances Calhoun Yancey, for Possession of a Weapon by a convicted Felon, along with manufacturing, selling Full Story

DHHS Sued by Docs, Threatened by Feds

With High Country families facing hunger as food stamp delivery is faltering in the state, Federal officials are threatening to take over the process due to the state’s continuing problems.  Word leaked out of the potential suspension in a Dec. 11 in a letter sent to N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Full Story

Watauga Superintendent Applications Due Today

There’s a homework assignment due today—a rather important homework assignment, and it is for the person who wants to next lead the Watauga County Schools. The Watauga Board of Education concludes the application process of searching for a new superintendent, with applications for the position Full Story

$581,760 Won at Boone Wilco; Who is It?

OK, so who is it?  Someone in Boone is over a half-million dollars richer—if they can find their lottery ticket and make their way to Raleigh. Monday night, the Pick 5 entry matched the numbers—2-4-21-28-34—and the take is $581,760. Prior to the win, the jackpot rolled over nine times Full Story

Avery Firefighters Aid in Roan Mountain Blaze

Avery firefighters crossed the border into Tennessee late yesterday afternoon to help fight a structure fire.  Fire was reported in the Roan Mountain area, a home described as a log home inside a gated community.  The road and the weather proved to be real obstacles to getting to and fighting the Full Story

New Avery Jail; New Avery County Revenue

A new jail has meant a new revenue source for Avery County, as 2013 statistics for the new facility are showing.  The first full year of operation of the jail showed a doubling of income from the facility, Sheriff Kevin Frye’s release saying that $143,303 was brought to county coffers, the majority from funds Full Story

Boone Company to Create More Wilkes Jobs

A Boone-based metal fabrication company will bring new life to a former Wilkes furniture plant—and bring 38 jobs, according to Wilkes Economic development officials. PSG Custom Fabrication, based in Boone, purchased the former Key City Furniture building on N.C. 268 West in Wilkesboro, Full Story

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